Klaxons - Surfing The Void

NME’s list of the 50 Druggiest Albums Ever doesn’t include any Wavves or Beach House. But seriously, how about Jerusalem/Dopesmoker, solo Syd Barrett, Smiley Smile? The list appears in the magazine’s special issue dedicated to Primal Screams’ Screamadelica, if that helps with guessing who’s at No. 1.

50 The Libertines – The Libertines
49 Oasis – Be Here Now
48 MGMT – Oracular Spectacular
47 Sex Pistols – Never Mind The Bollocks
46 Dr Dre – The Chronic
45 Klaxons – Surfing The Void
44 The Doors – The Doors
43 Brian Jonestown Massacre – Methodrone
42 Missy Elliott – Miss E…So Addictive
41 Guns ’N’ Roses – Appetite For Destruction
40 Royal Trux – Twin Infinitives
39 Tricky – Maxinquaye
38 Jane’s Addiction – Ritual De Lo Habitual
37 The Birthday Party – Junk Yard
36 Pavement – Wowee Zowee
35 13th Floor Elevators – Easter Everywhere
34 Black Sabbath – Master of Reality
33 Neil Young – On the Beach
32 Babyshambles – Down In Albion
31 Bardo Pond – Bufo Alvarius
30 The Chemical Brothers – Exit Planet Dust
29 Fleetwood Mac – Tusk
28 Snoop Doggy Dogg – Doggystyle
27 Lou Reed – Metal Machine Music
26 Butthole Surfers – Locust Abortion Technician
25 Jefferson Airplane – Surrealistic Pillow
24 Ol’ Dirty Bastard – Nigga Please
23 Spacemen 3 – Taking Drugs To Make Music To Take Drugs To
22 Johnny Thunfers and the Heartbreaker – L.A.M.F
21 David Bowie – Station To Station
20 Factory Floor – Untitled
19 Happy Mondays – Yes Please!
18 My Bloody Valentine – Loveless
17 Elton John – Madman Across The Water
16 Suede – Dog Man Star
15 The Stooges – Raw Power
14 Spiritualized – Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space
13 The Jesus and Mary Chain – Psychocandy
12 Cypress Hill – Black Sunday
11 Marilyn Manson – Antichrist Superstar
10 Pink Floyd – The Piper At The Gates of Dawn
09 The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Are You Experienced?
08 Lil Wayne – Tha Carter III
07 Miles Davis – Kind of Blue
06 The Beatles – Revolver
05 Nirvana – In Utero
04 Sly and the Family Stone – There’s A Riot Goin’ On
03 The Velvet Underground – White Light/White Heat
02 The Rolling Stones – Exile on Main St
01 Primal Scream – Screamadelica

You’ll find more at NME.

Comments (101)
  1. woozefa  |   Posted on Feb 7th, 2011 +2

    urban hymns by the verve really should be on here somewhere.

  2. Dirt by Alice In Chains as well…

  3. I think I would have had Ladies and Gentleman We Are Floating in Space at #1. But Screamadelica is itself a very druggy choice.

  4. wow what a stupid list. also icky mettle should be on there.

  5. Whoa, Bardo Pond. That’s accurate but out of nowhere in comparison to the other albums. They’re soarly lacking in metal.

  6. Where’s Sweet Smoke’s Just a Poke ?

    • Couldn’t agree more- in fact if they’d involved any krautrock or 60′s bands this list would be very different. on that note, where’s the grateful dead on this list? A pretty obvious one methinks.

  7. I know the list is a bit light hearted but Elliot Smiths self-titled 2nd record is a pure love letter to heroin.
    Needle in the hay, White lady, Alphabet City, St Ides Heaven, etc…

    • What a depressing and beautiful album, one of my all-time favorites. I think it was the best thing he ever did.

      Ooh, and on that note, how about The Boatman’s Call by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds?

      • Elliott Smith=My greatest love ever, but I don’t really think that his self titled Ep was a love song to heroin. Although It has a lot to do with addiction and certainly heroin, I would argue it is not portrayed in a positive light.

  8. i agree with Elliot Smith. Tha Carter III more influence by drugs than needle in the hay?

  9. NEW FLASH: the nme is shit and makes stupid fucking lists


  10. I think Suicide’s self titled album sounds like a BAD trip, but it should be on this list. I can’t even bare to listen to ‘Frankie Teardrop’ because it scares the crap out of me. The album is awesome, though.

  11. THE THE ~MIND BOMB should defo be in there as its a corker of a trip into the psyche of Matt Johnson and so relevant today as it was when it was released.

  12. Wow, this list is just really stupid. Sex Pistols?

  13. so basically women don’t smoke weed

  14. Anyone who knows anything about loveless knows that that album had very little to do with drugs and a whole lot to do with insomnia. The album is meant to simulate the hypnagogic state.

  15. this is seriously the shittiest list I have ever seen. No Kyuss, Husker Du or Sleep?

  16. Animal Collective? Flaming Lips? Aphex Twin?

    British people are retarded about music sometimes.


      We prefer to be judged on our bad teeth, toadying politicians and barely remembered past glories. ;)

      That out of the way…a better title for the list would be ’50 albums from the nice price section of a supermarket, by bands who were known to dabble in the odd line of coke’

      Not really expecting anything of major journalistic merit to come out of an NME top…anything, but it would have been nice if someone who actually knew something about music had dropped some off the beaten path gems in there for the kidz to check out.

  17. Screamadelica should be number 2.

    Bitches Brew by Miles Davis should’ve been number 1 but is no where to be seen. Sad.

    • For real on this. Putting Kind Of Blue on the list at all is sort of depressing. Wasn’t it recorded during a relatively clean, post-heroin/pre-cocaine binge era in Miles’ life? And the music itself isn’t particularly druggy at all, unless you consider anything related to jazz as such because it doesn’t have lyrics and pop song structure.

      Clearly the NME editors are a bunch of philistines.

  18. And of course all of Ween’s albums were made while stone cold sober.

  19. Anything by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Beach House’s Teen Dream, LCD Soundsystem’s This Is Happening, MGMT’s Congratulations to name a few that should have been mentioned.

  20. how is it possible that there is no early animal collective or any black dice on this list?

  21. Cryptograms from Deerhunter should have been on there!

  22. I guess NME has never heard of Cream.

  23. Considering the fact that Bowie cant even remember recording what is disputably his greatest album whatsoever, I feel as though Station to Station should at least be within the top 3, if not #1 on this list.

  24. And why the hell aren’t The Flaming Lips on this list for The Soft Bulletin and/or Yoshimi? Oh I see why.. this list was done by NME and they fuckin suck. That explains it.

  25. Fleetwood Mac – Tusk is so strange in parts. Solid album though

  26. Movin’ on Up is my feel good song, always puts me in a good mood. Anyways the list is just overall pointless, and even if it had mattered their missing some major drug trip albums.

    Also, Tame Impala’s Innerspeaker should be on here.


  28. Also, there isn’t enough new music on here. There’s your biased NME for you.

  29. “OMG This list SUCKS! Why isn’t _____________ on there??!!!”

    Because there are hundreds of druggy albums and only 50 slots on the list, idiot.

  30. I don’t understand Tha Carter III being on there. Also they chose the wrong MGMT album.

  31. How about SFA’s Fuzzy Logic. Fer Chrissakes, it has a song called “Hanging With Howard Marks” and another sung that’s a back and forth between a guy who has hooked up a generator to a hamster wheel and the actual hamster! Also, something about Super Mario Brothers and getting stitched up in Everton.

  32. “Aoxomoxoa”

  33. The Grateful Dead. Phish. MF Doom. Kool Keith.

  34. Not my favorite, but The Unseen by Quasimoto (Madlib) was “conceived and recorded by Madlib during a week long psilocybin mushroom binge”

    so props for that

  35. 1. Ween – The Pod

  36. we should think that these guys have never-ever heard something called reggae and some guy called Bob Marley, don’t they???

  37. all of you need to step out of your patriotic shoes and realize this is a british magazine, an ACTUAL printed magazine, not some silly blog with opinions and obsessions with chill wave…

    plus elliot smith was a little bitch and could not handle his drugs, same goes with wavves, Lil wayne on the other hand is way better at taking drugs

  38. You guys have mentioned a lot of good druggy albums…. Let me throw mine in.

    - Shpongle- Are You Shpongled?
    - Shpongle- Tales of the Inexpressable
    - Shpongle- Nothing lasts… But Nothing is Lost
    - Shpongle- Ineffable Mysteries From Shpongle Land

    What can I say… they take me weird places on drugs.

    • I may or may not have listened to Shpongle while watching fractal visualizers on a projector. Thumbs up, Baboon Cock.

    • DUDE! i was just about to post about Shpongle. Indie Electronica lovers really ought to learn about Shpongle. Let me offer my opinion on the best access points:

      Album: Nothing Lasts… But Nothing is Lost
      Songs: Nothing Lasts, Divine Moments of Truth, Dorset Perception, Nothing Is Something Worth Doing,

      • Come to think of it, regarding their most recent album, even more accessible for the Indie Electronica lover than “Nothing Is Something Worth Doing” is “No Turn Un-Stoned”.

  39. This list makes NO sense at all.

  40. At least they included Revolver, but what about Sgt. Pepper’s?! That album is more drenched in weed and lcd than probably anything else on this list.

    • No they aren’t, they are just very famous.

      There are a bazillion more druggy albums that would be ahead of a couple of albums by a pop band who liked the odd bifter.

  41. Also, I love how the most commented post is all about drugs. Get your minds out of the drug-gutter stereogumies.

  42. Hard not to have AIC’s “Dirt” on this list. And while Oasis’ “Be Here Now” was a thick-layered mess b/c those guys were too coked up, I don’t really see it as a drug album.

  43. As I posted on Facebook when I shared this, ANYTHING by Cypress Hill should be AT LEAST #2…….. but what about Vanilla Ice “Mind Blowing”? LOL. Just sayin’. I did not post the Vanilla Ice part on FB. I have my standards.

  44. Miles Davis – Bitches Brew is way druggier than Kind of Blue.

  45. Missing:

    The Lemon of Pink by The Books
    Up In Flames by Caribou/Manitoba

  46. “Drugs are bad, mmmkay.”

  47. 22 Johnny Thunfers and the Heartbreaker – L.A.M.F



  48. I love how just because Metal Machine Music was Lou Reed’s ‘Instrumental and experiemental’ album it is automatically thought of as a drug album, forgetting the fact that it was his time with The Velvet Underground and his first couple of solo albums when his Heroin use was at its most prolifiic.

    • White Light/White Heat is the number 3 album…

    • “Though later admitting that the liner notes’ list of instruments is fictitious and intended as parody, Reed maintains that MMM was and is a serious album. He has since stated though that at the time he had taken it seriously, he was also ‘very stoned’.”

      Stoned enough to make an album consisting entirely of feedback.

  49. Further evidence that NME use their influence in youth culture to praise drug-use. Naughty, naughty.

    Not only that, it’s a shit list! Douchebags!

  50. gay list. almost capsized.

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